Twin test: Skoda Citigo-e iV SE L vs Volkswagen e-up!
The Skoda Citigo is now electric-only – but does it have what it takes to topple the VW e-up! in the battle for small electric-car supremacy?
The VW Group’s trio of dinky city cars launched in 2011. Headlined by the competent Volkswagen up!, rivals also faced competition from the petrol-powered Skoda Citigo and SEAT Mii.
However, for 2020, it’s all change: while Volkswagen continues to offer its smallest model with either petrol or electric power, the Skoda and SEAT are now only available with a battery under the bonnet.
But when it comes to budget electric cars, which is best? We’ve brought together the updated e-up! and the all-new Citigo-e iV to answer that very question – and help you decide which small electric car is right for you.
Skoda Citigo-e iV SE L
Pros: Value for money, peppy electric motor, different spec choices
Cons: No parking camera, limited connectivity options, poor range at motorway speed
Pros: Fast charging as standard, zippy performance, brand cache
Cons: No touchscreen infotainment only one spec to choose from, higher price than Skoda
These are two of the most affordable electric cars money can buy. In many ways, there’s little to split them, but when push comes to shove, which should take your hard-earned cash? Read on for our definitive verdict.
In This Review
- 1Intro - currently readingThe Skoda Citigo is now electric-only – but does it have what it takes to topple the VW e-up! in the battle for small electric-car supremacy?
- 2Range & chargingThe basic Skoda Citigo-e iV doesn’t come with fast charging as standard, but the SE L does – and for less than the price of the single-spec Volkswagen
- 3Running costs & warrantyMake no mistake, cars like the Skoda Citigo-e iV and Volkswagen e-up! will cost mere pennies to run
- 4Performance & handlingThe transition to battery power has done this pair a world of favours; fun, agile and easy to drive, both the Skoda Citigo-e and Volkswagen e-up! are perfectly suited to electrification
- 5Interior & infotainmentThese cars are showing their age; a crafty smartphone holder can’t detract from a distinct lack of in-car technology
- 6Space & practicalityClever packaging ensures the Skoda and Volkswagen are just as practical as their petrol-powered predecessors, with enough room for adults in the rear
- 7Safety & reliabilityThe smallest Skoda and Volkswagen miss out on some of the standard safety kit found on more expensive models, but these are still tough little cars
- 8Verdict & specificationsThere’s little to choose between these cars, but ultimately value for money makes one easier to justify